Luca Letter: 12 months

Oh my boy, you have reached the big numeral uno, you’re 1! I am so proud of you and the little boy you have become. Your personality is amazing, you’re so much fun to be around, and you truly brighten the days of your father and I.

Let’s check in on the last month.

Updates for the month

Your birthday parties

Yeah…that’s right. Plural. You had multiple parties! The main reason for this is because of your Biz Nonna. We didn’t want to make her drive up to the Sunshine Coast, since she’s not comfortable in the car and it does wipe her out physically. It’s a big day. She’s made several special efforts for you, like when you were first born and again for your baptism.  [...]  read more

Luca Letter: 11 months

It was another action packed month for you this month! Not only that but plans are officially under way for your first birthday party, which is actually quite overwhelming. How is it nearly 12 months ago that you made your way into this world to bless us?

Updates for the month

Your hair

Your hair has really started to grow now. You’ve got my blonde hair, which I’m a little bit chuffed about. I feel for you though, if you have the same thickness as me then you’re doomed to an eternity of frequent haircuts. Although, let’s be honest, guys have it way easier than girls in that aspect.  [...]  read more

Luca letter: 10 months

Well, my boy. You’ve officially spent more time out than you did in. It feels like an eternity, while also feeling like it was just yesterday.

I think we’re finally entering the phase where I’m forgetting how tough it was in the beginning. The feeling of being locked to the couch, or constant attachment for feeding.

These days it’s a very different situation indeed!

Sand, sand everywhere!

We’ve started spending more time in the sand as the weather slowly, slowly gets a bit warmer. It started with daycare, and has grown to a full blown sandpit in the backyard (built by your father). You have your own kit, and love nothing more than to just dig in the sand and flick it everywhere. [...]  read more

Luca letter: 9 months

9 months! It’s crazy to think that in only 3 months (3 short months if the last 9 months are anything to go by) you will be 12 months. We’ll be moving onto the “years” count down.

And now I can’t imagine my life without you.

You are seriously the most amazing little human ever. You light up the world for anyone that meets you. You’re always so happy and smiley, and this month you have the most beautiful little toothy grin. I adore it.

Let’s get into the monthly update.

Health update

Heyyyoooo, guess who hasn’t had any major illnesses this month, compared to the horrible previous month? You and I both have runny noses every day, but with you going to daycare and being frequently subjected to germs it’s not surprising really. I’m just so grateful it hasn’t been anything worse.

Baptism

Your baptism was this month, although admittedly I neglected to get many photos! It was a great day though, and you were very lucky to have so many members of your family arrive for it. 

We were all very impressed when your head was wet with the water and oils that you didn’t cry. Secretly, your dad had whispered “1, 2, 3, go” like at swimming so that you knew what to expect. 

Your dad made the cake, which was a monster mud cake. The cross on top he printed with his 3D printer, which he was very proud about!

Skills

Crawling

Guess who is on the move?! You, bubba! That’s who!

I’d noticed little inklings of it, and then one day decided I would try and test you. I grabbed toys and things of interest trying to tempt you, but you were more than happy to stay put. I can’t decide if you’re just patient, or lazy.

Then one day you moved.

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I clicked onto a new idea, which worked tremendously. But then I started to use my watch.

You love my watch. When I change your nappy you’re grabbing at my wrist wanting to play with it. I love to tease your daddy saying it’s because you’re an Apple fanboy, but he ignores me.

As soon as I put it down you were focused. You stared at it for a few seconds. And then boom you were off. It was a commando crawl, but it was definite movement. Over the coming days you would slowly do a bit more and more.

I’m so thrilled. Now comes the next phase, watching as you get stronger and faster.

And then regretting the fact that you don’t sit still.

Loving the songs on the piggy bank

You have a piggy bank toy that your aunts gave you. The side pops open and it exclaims “open” or “close” when you shut it. If you press its noses makes sound effects, and on the third or fourth time it plays a song.

Just this month you’ve started getting super excited by the song. There’s a huge grin on your face and you clap. It’s adorable.

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Size 1 clothes

Now I don’t know if this is a skill as much as it is a love of food. Amazingly, you are already in size 1 clothes, while your best mates are still in the 00’s.

We had to go shopping for new clothes, since most of the stuff you were gifted has run out. It’s been quite an experience, and your daddy has now developed a budgeting system for clothing. Not in the sense of value, but in the sense of a number of items! Not to fear, mummy will continue to sneak in the good stuff every now and then.

At least we have a super gorgeous panda outfit for you right now!

In fact I realised a problem just the other day – we don’t have any Batman clothes anymore! That’s an issue that needs to be rectified immediately.

On a related note you’re in a weird phase right now where there are no one-piece swim suits. They’re either smaller or larger. I had to buy you some super cute boardies and a rashie instead. I need to get a picture of you in them though, maybe next month.

Six teeth

Last month you had three teeth, and this month you’ve doubled it. Six teeth! We were thrilled when your second top tooth came through because it meant you got a bit of a break from the pain. Then one day suddenly there were two more!

Italian hand

I couldn’t not share this, it made me laugh. You demonstrated your Italian background when you raised your fist to the sky and yelled at the fan. The passion!

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Throwing

You learned to throw this month. We bought you a ball pit, and suddenly there are balls across the room. It also has a wall with some holes in it to encourage pushing the balls through, and you learned how to do that pretty quickly.

It’s definitely keeping me busy keeping the room tidy! I’ve learned to just ignore it during the day and clean up each night after you’ve gone to bed. Well, unless you have run out of balls in which case I resupply you. Your daddy gave you some balloons that have been living in the ball pit too, so you’ve got plenty to keep you entertained!

Other things of note

  • Resemblance to your father: I saw a photo of your dad the other day when he was a baby, what do you think, can you see the resemblance? I definitely can, especially in the ears and mouth!
  • Fully weaned: I need to finish off my more detailed blog post about it, but you’re fully weaned now, drinking formula and eating three meals a day. There’s lots to talk about this one, but for the short news you seem to be taking it in your stride and as happy as ever.
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    Luca letter: 8 months

    8 months. You’re officially 8 months old. At this point when you were 8 months in my belly I was starting to wind things down at work. I spent 2 weeks working from home, and then another 2 weeks waiting for arrival. I had a huge belly (I still have a belly: I’m working towards losing it but I’m not there yet).

    So, what did you get up to this month?

    The month of sickness

    We had a horrid month for illness. I know this time will come again, and we will have some bad periods ahead. But nevertheless this was not a fun month, and I’m not in a hurry to repeat it.

    Incident 1

    It started when you had a fever. We used panadol to get it under control, but then you started throwing up, and got lethargic. It was the first time we had ever seen you like that, so we decided a trip to the hospital was in order. It was scary! I thought you were passing out in the car! When we arrived they ran some tests, and after a long time you were diagnosed with a virus and we took you home to ride it out.

    Fun fact – trying to do a UTI test for a baby is bloody difficult. We pretty much took your nappy off and waited to try and catch your pee.

    Incident 2

    Just after you seemed to be getting better from the virus, one day you woke up with conjunctivitis. Your poor eyes were so red and looked so painful. I snapped this pic on day 1. You certainly didn’t enjoy us wiping your eyes down, but eventually you grew accustomed to the saline and put up with it. And after a few days it finally went away.

    Incident 3…and 4….and 5….

    After your virus I started to develop a cough. Which became a bad cough. And then became a chest infection. To top it off, I also copped an ear infection then too. I was feeling pretty terrible, but marching on and trying to get on with it despite coughing constantly and going deaf in one ear. At one point I went to work and lasted an hour before going home.

    And then it ramped up a notch.

    We copped gastro.

    You can read more about it here, but to recap:

    • Thursday: diagnosed with chest infection
    • Saturday: diagnosed with ear infection
    • Monday: gastro, hospitalised for dehydration

    It sucked. But we got through it, and touch wood we all stay health for a little bit. We’ve had a rough run.

    Skills

    Clicking your tongue

    One day you were pulling faces at Aunty Amy when she clicked her tongue at you. Suddenly you started doing it back! It was like you’d been doing it for days, and when I pointed it out to Amy that it was your first time she was surprised. You carried on with it for a few days, but you haven’t been interested in it ever since then.

    Teeth

    It doesn’t count as a skill as such, but you have teeth! Two bottom teeth and one top tooth so far. Your next top one is pushing really hard though.

    Overall you’ve been pretty good with teething. Only recently have you had a few grizzly days, you poor thing. We’ve kept panadol and nurofen on rotation to try and take you out of your misery as much as possible. Otherwise it’s just a matter of letting you chew on things: oddly enough you don’t care for your teething toys.

    New foods

    You’ve been trying a few new foods this month, including:

    • Peanut butter
    • Steak
    • Porridge
    • Watermelon (you were finally happy to suck and eat it out of the feeder)

    You absolutely loved the steak, but weren’t too fussed with porridge.

    Other things

    Fun at daycare

    You have been having a wonderful time at daycare this month! You got to meet a bird one day even. You absolutely adore the girls there, and every morning you greet everyone with a smile.

    I was thrilled to find out they do school photos at daycare; my first school photo of you! As luck would have it, the day we got discharged from hospital was the day of the photo shoot. We had come home, and because you were totally unaffected we decided to drop you off (so I could rest and clean the house from top to bottom).

    I had totally forgotten that it was photo day, so just sent in you in a random assortment of clothing – nothing special. When I arrived they reminded me, so in a panic I found that we had your snoopy shirt in the backpack as spare clothes and changed you into that.

    Apparently when the photographer arrived, you were all smiley again. But as soon as the camera was raised, you stared the camera down. No smiley faces here! Hence we got the following photo:

    I love it. There’s absolutely nothing better than a hilarious photo with a story. I much prefer that to a perfect, smiling pose!

    Other highlights:

  • Your first state of origin (with a cute little hoodie to match)
  • Sitting up in the trolley at the grocery stores now
  • Playing on the lawn with missy
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